September 13, 2012Restoration of a Vintage 1950s/1960s Perforated Wall Sconce
By Sara In AZ
Ok, so y’all have probably figured out that I am some kind of crazy project nut by now! I see a vintage ‘pretty’ all messed up……I want to make it all better again. I think I need help! hee!
I came across this old wall sconce at a flea market earlier this summer. It only caught my eye initially because of the shade, so I crossed over to pick it up and examine it.
I thought the metal backer, that the sconce was mounted to, was really interesting .
However, it was not until I turned the sconce over that I realized the metal backer was supposed to be perforated and that all the visible perforations on the front had been filled in/globbed in with white paint. ugh.
It’s SO sad isn’t it?!? Just slathered all over with white paint like that……..
I just could not take it anymore and bought the light for $5. I had to try to bring this light back to some semblance of it’s former glory!
I had some water based stripper left over from when I refinished Mom’s blonde condo doors and I hoped and prayed that this would do the trick to strip that old cruddy paint right off!
I got a disposable foil tray and poured the stripper all over the metal backer. I let it sit for a good 5 to 10 minutes……..
then started scrubbing away. You can see here it was originally a copper color.
Here we see the backer with most of the paint scrubbed off. Let’s just say that it was very tedious to get all of those perforations cleaned out!
Here is the light stripped of all that crazy white paint! Sadly the paint stripping process also stripped off the brown/copper color the metal backer originally had.
I thought I’d try to paint the metal backer a close match to what I thought the original color was….so I went with a coppery/brown Rustoleum spray paint.
Here is a view from the top down of the wall sconce (before Mike reattached the bulb socket). I think it’s so cool how the sconce flares out just slightly.
And here is the wall sconce all done and looking pretty once again! Yay! for NO globby white paint!
I seriously wish I knew who made this sconce , the only label on the back was the UL label. If anyone out there has any thoughts as to who the manufacturer of this light is please let me know!